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Article-35A: JRL calls for shutdown on August 26-27

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Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Friday called for a two-day shutdown on August 26 and 27 against the assault on special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

“A complete shutdown should be observed across the state on August 26-27 against the assault on Article-35A,” said Mirwaiz

Further details of the JRL programmme, Mirwaiz said will be communicated to the media through a statement shortly.

On August 27, the three judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud will take up petitions demanding scrapping of Article-35A, which gives special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The main petition was filed by a Delhi-based NGO “We the Citizens”. Later, three petitions filed by West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, Dr Charu Wali Khanna, and Kali Dass were clubbed together.

The pleas have challenged, among others, certain provisions of Article 35A which deny property rights to a woman from J&K who marries a person from outside the state.

Article 35A was added to the Constitution of India by a Presidential Order in 1954

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